5 Albums for the Week #1

With another week just starting, Opus Sound decided to sugest some relatively new albums you should listen to, in what we expect to become a new feature of the blog. It also represents a new way for us to tell you about some great music that might have slipped under your radars.
Here is this week selection, in no specific order:

î Truls - TRVLS
It's quite hard to believe that such a big guy is able to produce a wonderful falsetto like the one displayed in 'TRVLS' eleven songs. Truls Heggero, a young Norwegian singer, has come to our attention thanks to his massive 2013 single 'Out of Yourself', in which his amazing sweet voice sounds as admirable as it is contagiously fun. His debut album is an enjoyable blend of r&b, dream pop and synthpop, filled with songs that flow seamlessly through a wide spectre of emotions, from contemplative sadness to careless joy. There are moments where chord instruments mingle with synthetic matrixes and easily become larger than life, and by the end of the album you will probably be feeling positive and cheerful.
Even though it has its hits and misses, it's a great start for Truls, a singer you should definetly check, if you haven't already.

î Coldplay - Ghost Stories
'Ghost Stories' might be a decisive album for Coldplay, one that will make some longtime fans to lift their eyebrows in confusion and, at the same time, will reach for new audiences. Also, it represents a return to their more quiescent side from early records. The grandness of the last two albums 'Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends' and 'Mylo Xyloto' have been put aside, as the band decided to dive into a more intimate and personal sound, kind of a voyage through a aurora borealis where time stands still and deep thoughs about love and the end of it are weighted in total lack of gravity.
After listening to the whole album, we've to say it's quite a beautiful endeavor even if Coldplay's trademark sound is diluted and some ambient, experimental and even electronic elements become more proeminent. We suggest you listen to it, not because it's their best album nor will its songs be highly featured on their canon, but because it's the band's most risky step yet. And, for a well-established act like Coldplay, that should be aknowledged and appraised.

î Chet Faker - Built on Glass
You won't be going for an easy listening with Chet Faker's debut, 'Built On Glass'. He likes to play with dissonance as much he loves to shuffle samples in order to create a fragmented sound, one that is rooted in r&b, soul and downtempo electronica. With him guiding your hand, you'll never know what's around the corner, so expect drowsy jazz laments showing up after experimental cuts, and almost bare naked interludes side by side with unforseen danceable tracks.
Chet Faker has surely devised one of the most demanding albums of the year, but also one of the most rewarding. He carefully texturizes the layers of sounds to support his fragile voice and while sometimes his musics sounds scarce, it has many details you only will discover after a few listenings. For those who like artists like James Blake, Nicolas Jaar or How To Dress Well, you might just fall in love with Chet Faker's strange soundscapes.

î RAC - Strangers
If 'Strangers' was a movie, it surely would be an ensemble film. RAC (Remixing Artists Collective) is the music project of André Allen Anjos, a Portuguese musician now resinding in the USA. As RAC he (along with his partners at the time, Andrew Maury and Karl Kling) has become known for the vast repertoire of remixes for other artists like Bloc Party, Foster the People, Lana Del Rey, Penguin Prison, Phoenix, Gigamesh, Teophilus London, Moullinex and many, many others.
Slowly, he started to produce his own music, which kept his trademark sound (vintage samples, hip-hop details and indie pop aesthetics). Through the years and the remixes, he sure has made a lot of friends, so it's only natural his debut album is heavy in collaborations: Kele Okereke, MNDR, Body Language, Penguin Prison, Tegan & Sara, St. Lucia, YACHT, Katie Herzig and Tokyo Police Club are the most sounding names who lend their vocals to the sugar covered pop songs. Check 'Strangers' if you want to have have fun; you won't regret it.

î Eno & Hyde - Someday World
It's not everyday two big names of the electronic music history become together to create a full album, but that's just what experimentalist and ambience master Brian Eno and influencial Karl Hyde (from electronic seminal duo Underworld) have done. The result is 'Someday World'.
The two artists (who had previously worked together in a song called 'Beebop Hurry' in 2011 Underworld's compilation album) jump into the up-tempo music kindgom to deliver a focused voyage into a dimension where several genres are fused together, resulting in a urban landscape which is not confined by any kind of time and space boundaries. Eno's usual atmospheric ramblings are refrained by Hyde's electronic expertise, and both artists find their rightful place in this intrincate work. The whole album is a cohesive journey, and while there aren't many standout moments (perhaps the record's major fault), Hyde's vocals make sure the LP has character and lives to the high expectations.

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